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Exercise Science

Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations. A student studies how different exercises and fitness programs affect the human body and learns how to prepare athletes or injured individuals to reduce their risk of injury. Exercise majors are hired by many organizations.

To apply for acceptance into Exercise Science go to the link in called Apply to My Program.

Practical Experience

The Exercise Science major is broad-based and nationally recognized. Students gain practical experience in well-equipped biomechanics and exercise physiology labs. The major prepares students for certification by several organizations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Employment Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in this field are expected to grow faster than average between now and 2012.

Students prepare for careers in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor learning, and physical activity and fitness.They may also prepare for continuing education in areas such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Graduates are employed in clinical, corporate, commercial, governmental, and community settings.


There is no certification necessary to pursue a career in Exercise Science but pursuing a variety of different certifications offered by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association can strengthen a resume.

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